Newcomers can attend free of charge for several weeks before being asked to pay a subscription. There are two grades of membership – full member and social membership. The latter includes junior and students.
Full membership of £42 a year applies to members playing league chess,.For those wishing to just play friendly matches there is a Social Membership of £30 a category which includes Juniors and Students . All subscriptions include tea, coffee or soft drink. Those wishing to play chess in one of four Midlands leagues do have to apply individually to the English Chess Federation for Bronze Membership. This costs £18.
Social members and juniors are also entitled to play in club tournaments which include a Quickplay event which traditionally starts the new season and a Lightning 10 second per move tournament which ends it..
Subscriptions become payable following the annual general meeting at the beginning of May and cover any addional summer club nights which may be held during the summer. The following club season which starts on the last Thursday in August each year and continues every Thursday apart from a two week break at Christmas.